Meltdown 2014: James Lavelle announces first acts

The first acts set to play the 21st annual Meltdown Festival have been announced – and it’s as eclectic as ever.

Taking the reins for the Southbank Centre series’ 2014 outing is DJ, head of the Mo’Wax record label and Unkle co-founder James Lavelle. He’ll be following in the footsteps of Yoko Ono, Scott Walker, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Antony and Jarvis Cocker in curating the nine-day programme.

Amongst the names he’s bagged so far is Chrissie Hynde, who will perform her debut solo record, Stockholm, at what will be her first London show for five years. Neneh Cherry will be showing off her stunning new album, Blank Project. Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra will perform Timeless, marking 20 years since its release. Mark Lanegan will play his only 2014 European date, New Yorkers ESG play a one-off gig and, of course, Unkle will take over the Royal Festival Hall for a show featuring collaborators old and new.

A rare show from the brilliant Keaton Henson is also in the offing, as well as evenings with South African musician Petite Noir and Edwyn Collins.

Film looks set to play in important part in the programme this year, with Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin set to be performed with a live soundtrack. Similar treatment is afforded Waltz With Bashir, with Max Richter‘s score afforded the live treatment courtesy of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Elsewhere, Lavelle’s stamp can be found in the shape of DJ sets in the venue foyers, a Mo’Wax retrospective and a free Sunday come down session of club classics to close the festival.

Meltdown takes place at the Southbank Centre, London, 13-22 June 2014. More here.

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